A Couple of Easy, On-the-Go Meal Ideas

The first of the meals I’ll mention is INCREDIBLY simple, and Jake says it’s very good.

Ingredients:

2 Tortillas

1 Banana

4 Tbsp Peanut Butter

2 Tbsp Honey

Spread two tablespoons of peanut butter on each tortilla.  Cut banana in half and lay one half on each tortilla.  Drizzle with honey, roll up, and enjoy! (See? I told you it was simple! :))

 

 

Meal Number 2: Macaroni and Cheese

I know not everyone can be satisfied with this as a meal, but we love it, and it’s really rich and filling.  This is how I make homemade Mac N Cheese. 🙂

Ingredients:

2 cups of Elbow Macaroni

10 Slices of American Cheese

3/4 Cup of Milk

Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook pasta according to package.  Drain and put back in pan. Turn on low heat. Tear slices of cheese into fourths and throw them in the pan; pour in milk, as well.  Stir until cheese is melted and pasta is coated.

Night Thirty Four…Vegetable Soup

Anyone can come up with their own kind of soup. All you have to have is a base (broth) and then you can just start adding to it.

Tonight was vegetable soup. I just used different veggies we had stocked up on, and it turned out well.

Ingredients:

32 oz Broth
1 Cup Sliced Carrots
1 Can of Corn
1 Can of Peas
1/2 Bag of Frozen Green Beans

2 Cans Diced tomatoes
1 Small onion, diced
Garlic Salt, to taste
1 Tsp Basil
1 Tsp Oregano

Mix all ingredients together in a large pot. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 30-45 minutes. Serve with parmesan cheese sprinkled on top for some extra flavor.

Night Thirty Three…Dulce De Leche Grilled Cheese

So, for the next few weeks, Jake and I will be going meatless, except for eggs.  Be prepared when you read the blog that these will be vegetarian meals, even though I’m not sure how well a vegetarian would agree with how accurate the term will apply to these meals. 🙂

 

I tried this recipe the other night, and it was rather good, but really sweet.  It’d be perfect for a breakfast!

http://allrecipes.com/recipe/dulce-de-leche-grilled-cheese-sandwiches/detail.aspx

 

I didn’t buy the dulce de leche from the store; I actually made it myself using that recipe that’s been floating around Pintrest.  All you do is put a can of sweetened condensed milk in a crockpot full of water and let it cook on low overnight; it makes a rich, tangy-sweet caramel when you open up the can in the morning.  If you go this route, be sure to allow the can 2-3 hours to cool before opening. 🙂
Is it a keeper?-I’d say so! 🙂  Jake was surprised it wasn’t MORE sweet, but he liked it a lot.  I’ll make it some other day for breakfast.

Messiness Factor: 2 out of 5.  Blending the ingredients and grilling the sandwiches makes for an easy meal! 🙂

Dessert Five…Banana Cake

This was what I made for my momma’s birthday cake.  It was really good!  The icing is a little thin, but it’s scrumptious.

http://cooklikeyourgrandmother.com/2009/07/how-to-make-banana-cake/

 

Let me tell you, this was a wonderful dessert!  My grandma has been begging me to make another one since we finished this one.

 

Please excuse my messy counter, I was in a bit of a hurry that day. 🙂

 

It taste a lot like banana bread, only a lot lighter in texture.  Give it a shot, I bet you’ll love it! 🙂

 

 

 

Night Thirty Two…Smokey Mountain Burgers

This is yet another restaurant inspired meal.  It’s very similar to Red Robin’s Whiskey River Burger.

 

Ingredients:

1 lb Ground Beef

4 Slices of Sharp Cheddar Cheese

1/2 Cup of Real Bacon Bits

4 Tbsp BBQ Sauce

3/4 Cup French Fried Onions (Like what you put on green bean casserole)

 

Pat the ground beef into patties.  Season with garlic salt, creole seasoning, and salt and pepper.  Grill or fry until the meat reaches your desired cooking level (Medium, Well, etc). Add slices of cheddar during the last ten minutes of cooking.  Remove from skillet, place on bun.  Pour 1 tbsp of bbq on each patty, then layer 1/8 cup of bacon bits and desired amount of fried onions on each burger.

Is it a keeper? As long as you like bbq and fried onions you’ll LOVE this! 🙂

Messiness Factor-2 out of 5-Frying the burgers is the only mess you have to clean up. 🙂

Night Thirty One…Smothered Chicken

The inspiration for this recipe came from a small restaurant in my hometown that has since closed.  Our family has always loved it; hopefully yours will too!

Ingredients:

3 bell peppers, sliced

2 cans of diced tomatoes (retain juice)

1 large onion, sliced

6 Chicken breasts

1-2 tbsp Garlic Salt

2 tbsp Italian Seasoning

1 1/2 Cups shredded mozzarella Cheese

Note: All of this can be adjusted.  If you love peppers, add some more; if you love tomatoes, add some of those. 🙂

 

Place chicken in a baking dish.  Add seasonings, then onions, peppers, and tomatoes.  (I like to sprinkle some extra garlic salt over the veggies)

Place in oven at 350 degrees for 35-40 minutes.  Sprinkle cheese over chicken during the last ten minutes of cook time.

 

Messiness Factor-3 out of 5.  The worst thing about this recipe is the slicing up of the veggies. 🙂

 

Christmas Dessert Post

I did some baking for Christmas, so I’ll just put some of what I did in one post.

 

These are just pretzels dipped in Almond Bark and sprinkled with different candies (red hots, m & ms, sprinkles)

 

I also made banana and pumpkin breads.  These are great to make up and put in the freezer for a quick breakfast.

 

Banana Bread:

1 ½ cup sugar

¾ cup butter or shortening

2 eggs, beaten

1 tsp vanilla

2 cups flour (put baking soda in it)

1 tsp baking soda

½ cup buttermilk

1 cup mashed bananas

1/2-1 cup nuts

 

Mix the dry ingredients together (baking soda, flour).  In another bowl, cream shortening and sugar together. Add eggs, vanilla, buttermilk.  Blend well.  Add dry ingredients to sugar mixture and mix.  Add mashed bananas and nuts.  Place in loaf pans and bake at 350 for around 30-40 minutes.

 

 

Pumpkin Bread:

2 cups sugar

1 ½ cup oil

5 eggs

2 cups of pumpkin (1 can)

2 pkgs of instant vanilla pudding

2 cups of flour

2 tsps baking soda

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp salt

 

Mix dry ingredients.  In another bowl, mix sugar, oil, eggs, pumpkin.   Mix together. Pour into loaf pans and bake at 325 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

 

Day Thirty (Christmas Brunch)…Paula Deen’s Pecan Praline French Toast

Hey, everyone! I trust you had a great Christmas.  We had a very busy but lovely week full of family and friends.  Now we’re enjoying all our new goodies everyone gave us.

Some of my favorite gifts this year have been for my kitchen; I got a new Paula Deen skillet, a bigger crockpot, and even though it wasn’t a Christmas present, I wound up with a new stove after almost burning the kitchen down while trying to cook bacon in the oven (long story, but I had to promise Jake to never do it like that again. :/).  I loved getting to use my new skillet on my new stove for Christmas brunch to fry up some sausage patties.

 

The main dish was a recipe I had seen on pintrest.  http://www.thetasteplace.com/2011/02/13/paula-deens-pecan-praline-baked-french-toast/

 

Is it a keeper?- This was seriously good, but very, VERY rich.  One piece was more than enough.  I DO suggest having a breakfast meat with it, or the sweetness will overpower you.  We loved it, but probably only for special occasions.  Not surprisingly, it called for a half pound of REAL butter.  Yikes!

Messiness Factor-2 out of 5.  One bowl and one baking dish.  The great thing about this one was the fact that it could be made the night before and popped in the oven the next day. Makes having brunch a lot easier!

Night Twenty Nine…Mexican Chicken and Dumplings

This is a Becca throw together creation. Its very similar to Tortilla Soup, but since I usd flour tortillas, they turned into a dumpling like texture.

Ingredients:

1.5 lbs Chicken Breast

32 oz Chicken Broth

1 Can Corn

16 oz Tomato Paste

16 oz Can of Black Beans

16 oz Can of Kidney Beans

1 can of Rotel Tomatoes with Diced Chilis

2 tsp Minced Garlic

2 tsp Minced Onion

1 tsp Tony Cachere’s Seasoning

8 medium sized Flour Tortillas, cut into 1 inch strips

 

Place all ingredients in crockpot. Cook on high for 4-6 hours. As chicken becomes tender, break into small pieces while stirring. Dish into bowls, add desired amount of tortilla strips, and top with sour cream and shredded cheese.

Messiness factor- 1 out of 5. A true one pot meal!

Is it a keeper? I think so! Jake said it tasted good with his first bite, and thats what I shoot for. 🙂

Night Twenty Eight…Rotel Dip Nachos

While I’m sure most people have made this before, I’m going to post it anyway, for my own records.  Maybe it’ll remind you of something different to make, too! 🙂

We had Rotel dip Thursday night.  It’s such an easy meal, but it’s something that is needed to be made sparingly.  We always add hamburger meat that has been taco seasoned and top it with sour cream.

 

Ingredients:

1 can Rotel tomatoes with green chilis

1 Brick of Velveeta cheese

Tortilla Chips

Slice Velveeta into chunks and place in microwavable bowl.  Add Rotel tomatoes and heat in microwave in increments of 2 minutes, stirring after each increment.  When cheese is melted, the dip is done.  Drizzle on top of tortilla chips, add hamburger meat and sour cream, and you’ve got an incredibly easy meal. 🙂

Messiness Factor: 1 1/2 out of 5.  One bowl, plus the pan for hamburger makes it a crazily easy meal! 🙂